In the continental United States, the average low temperature for the lower 48 states in July was 63.6 degrees Fahrenheit, breaking the hottest nightly monthly average in 128 years and providing no relief from scorching hot days. In other words, it’s been a tough time to be up working on a roof.
That isn’t stopping roofing contractors from providing much-needed relief to those who served in the military. Over the summer, Owens Corning Platinum Preferred Contractors thanked veterans for their service through the Owens Corning Roof Deployment Project.
The Roof Deployment Project thanks military members across the nation for their hard work and dedication serving the country. Owens Corning provides the supplies while local roofing contractors donate the labor to install a new roof.
More than 350 military members have received roofs through the program since it began in 2016. Below are just a few of the recent installations that made headlines.
Central Florida Veteran Receives Free Roof Thanks to Universal Roof and Contracting
Earlier this month, Universal Roof and Contracting teamed up with Owens Corning to give Air Force veteran William Lee Turner a new roof over his head. ABC-affiliated WFTV reports that Rebuilding Together Central Florida also assisted with the project. Turner was thankful, as it saved him from having to go back onto his roof.
“That’s why I was climbing the roof. I don’t have that kind of income to spend $20,000 on a roof,” Turner told WFTV.
Michigan U.S. Navy Veteran Receives New Roof from Premier Roofing and Renovations
Premier Roofing and Renovations teamed up with Owens Corning to provide a new roof to U.S. Navy veteran Ruth Foster-Lindsay in Southfield, Mich. The Oakland Press reports the roofing contractor installed the roof on Aug. 15.
Security-Luebke Roofing Installs New Roof for Wisconsin Veteran
Fox-affiliated WLUK was on the scene in Northeast Wisconsin as Security-Luebke Roofing provided a new roof to U.S. Navy veteran James Vanlinn for his home in Appleton. The project took place on Aug. 15.
Home Genius Exteriors Gives New Roof to Army Veteran
In Hazelwood, Pa., Army veteran Homer Craig expressed his gratitude to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette as Home Genius Exteriors donated the labor needed to install a free new roof on his 1954 home on Aug. 11.
“I’m grateful for [Home Genius] and the workers,” Craig, 84, told the Post-Gazette.
The Craig family had noticed their roof, which hadn’t been replaced in nearly 20 years, was showing signs of its age. They applied to the Owens Corning Roof Deployment project after realizing Craig qualified.
“We’ve helped around 300 veterans, it’s our way of saying ‘thank you for your service,’” Doug Drodge, the senior sales manager of Owens Corning, told the Post-Gazette.
Mighty Dog Roofing Gives Disabled Florida Veteran New Roof
On July 26, a crew from Mighty Dog Roofing headed to the home of Air Force veteran Richard Eaton to install a new roof free of charge. According to the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, Eaton served in the Air Force for Operation Desert Storm and Operation Desert Shield, and has PTSD as well as light sensitivity. He praised Purple Heart Homes, a nonprofit that works with companies like Owens Corning to help qualified veterans who need assistance.
“They are such a godsend to people, I can’t begin to tell you,” Eaton told the Herald-Tribune. “They are so professional, they are so polite.”